Vestibuloplasty is a surgical procedure that is used to repair and/or enlarge the vestibule of the mouth. The vestibule is the area of the mouth located between the cheek and the gums, and is responsible for holding the denture in place. This procedure is most commonly performed in patients who have difficulty keeping their dentures in place due to a lack of adequate vestibular depth.
There are several different techniques that can be used to perform vestibuloplasty, including:
Soft tissue expansion: This technique involves making small incisions in the vestibular tissue and then using special instruments to gently stretch and expand the tissue.
Mucosal advancement: This technique involves repositioning and suturing the mucosa, the inner lining of the oral cavity, to create more vestibular depth.
Bone augmentation: This technique involves adding bone or bone-like materials to the vestibular area to increase its depth.
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, and is done as an outpatient procedure. Recovery time depends on the technique and individual case, but generally, the patient can expect to return to normal activities within a few days to a week after the surgery.
Vestibuloplasty can be a very effective treatment option for patients with denture instability, helping them to eat, speak, and smile with more comfort and confidence. It is also a vital procedure for patients who are preparing for dental implant placement, as it ensures that the implant will be stable and functional.